Subject: Re: next68k port status?
To: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
From: Brian Willoughby <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/16/2003 15:02:07
[ Well, the first NeXT I owned came with a disk that was formatted (in
[ the sense of a FORMAT UNIT operation) with 1024-byte sectors - indeed,
[ I have that disk carefully set aside for use when experimenting with
[ other sector sizes (right next to a SCSI floppy I have that has
[ 256-byte sectors). How it got that way, I cannot say for sure; I got
[ it second-hand. The previous owner was not much of a geek, and I doubt
[ he would have gone to any trouble to achieve that - but I do not know
[ how many other owners the machine may have had.
Who did you buy it from (maybe a private reply would be friendlier).
[ This was with NeXT's release 2.1; I've never used anything newer.
I think I'm one of the few original owners of NeXT hardware. I do have a
friend that is also an original owner. His drive has 512 byte blocks, too.
We purchased our NeXT cube/dimension machines in the 2.0/2.1 days, but have
upgraded through 3.3 or 4.2 (across four or five machines, now)
[ The machine was a cube, not a slab, and when I got it had a floptical,
[ which I approximately never used.
I'm being pedantic, I'll admit, but I suppose you mean the 256 MB
Magneto-Optical drive. NeXT did not make a "floptical," which is the term for
an approximately 20 MB floppy with optical alignment to support the increase in
density. Very different technology from the Canon/IBM MO.
[ And in this respect it's no different from most NetBSD FFS filesystems,
[ which generally are 1k/8k.
Thanks. My NewBSD info is weak, and I was wondering if this is true.